1957 AC AcecaSOLD
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Estimate: £40000 - £50000

Sold: £48,600

During the fifties the genius of race chassis designer John Tojeiro caught the attention of many. Among the many was Ernest Bailey, in charge of Buckland Body Works which supplied bodies to AC: it was he who prompted AC to enlist the aid of Tojeiro in designing a sports car to boost sales of the marque. The creation was the Ace, which first appeared at Earls Court in 1953. The Ace ‘Ferrari-style‘ open two-seater was followed in 1954 by the Aceca coupé, a beautifully-proportioned early example of a GT type body. The Ace line eventually became the Cobra, the chassis being able to handle more than three times the power for which it was first designed.

This rare and beautiful AC Aceca left the AC factory in October 1958 and was delivered new to South Africa. Having changed ownership in 1969, the car was subsequently bought in 1979 by its third owner and was shipped back to the UK. Having kept 904TOO for a further nineteen years it was then sold to its current owner in August 1998. Over the past 11 years the vehicle has undergone a rolling mechanical and cosmetic restoration carried out by the vendor in his professional classic car workshop. All work has been completed sympathetically to retain originality where sensible, such as the seat leather and wood veneer on the dash, and all parts have either been replaced or restored where appropriate.

Having been prepared for classic road rallies this Aceca comes complete with numerous additional features such as: four point 2inch seat belts, period Belmog trip meter, map lights and period chrome triple timers comprising of two stop watches and a clock. All these items have been fitted to replicate the style of the Aceca rally cars of the old Monte Carlo days. However all these items have been fitted in a non-obtrusive manner and can easily be removed.

Complete with original AC engine (CLBN2488WT) along with the Moss 4-speed gearbox, the vendor describes the car in rust-free condition and the state of the undercarriage certainly would suggest this is an accurate and fair assessment. Judging by the lack of corrosion between the steel tubular frame and aluminium body (often a point of galvanic reaction when moisture is present), this car has been well-maintained and must have been kept dry and garaged in South Africa as it has since returning to the UK.

Having been bare metal re-sprayed to its current royal blue colour by the previous owner some twenty years ago, 904TOO was treated to a further re-spray in 2005 where the distinctive red nose was added. The entire interior, comprised of roof lining, carpets, dashboard and leather seats was refurbished in August 2002 and upgraded from the old original cloth material to Connolly leather.

The AC Aceca is one of the prettiest cars of the period, having competed in everything from the Monte Carlo Rally to the Mille Miglia, so this car is of course eligible for a variety of classic car events and rallies today. Over recent years the market for ACs of all types has been extremely buoyant and while not cheap, the Aceca may still be the most under-valued of the AC post-war cars. A fantastic, usable car or even just for show and shine, this is a great opportunity to get one of the very few Aceca’s on the market today, especially one with its correct engine, as many now have been replaced with Fords or Triumphs. Highly recommended.

Reference Number 43506

as of 5/12/2009

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Car 1957 AC Aceca
VIN AE697 
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